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Wartime Farm Sleeveless Pullover

Knitting
December 2012
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in fair isle pattern
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
ages 3-4, 5-6 & 7-8 then chest sizes 30, 32, 34, 36-38, 40, 42, 44-46, 48, 50, 52-54
This pattern is available for £5.00 GBP
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In the wake of the popular Wartime Farm BBC TV series, you can now knit your very own authentic Fair Isle Sleeveless Pullover, modelled on a 1938 original and as worn by Alex Langlands no less!

For each pattern sold, a £2.50 donation will be made to the Women’s Land Army Tribute Campaign to help raise money for a permanent memorial to these forgotten ladies and their untold toil during the World Wars.

This 12 page pattern contains a combination of written and charted instructions to knit this garment. It includes instructions for a wide range of sizes to fit children, men and women. Please read the pattern notes and sizing charts carefully to ensure you work the correct size.

The pullover is knitted in one piece up to the underarm and then is divided and the front and back are knitted back and forth separately. It is knitted using stranded Fair Isle technique.

Two colour way options are provided in the pattern, one using Jamieson & Smith 100% Shetland wool and the second in Excelana 100% British wool which is my own vintage inspired yarn range. Both options will give an authentic, period feel to the garment.

Sizing options (all included in the pattern) and yarn requirements are as follows:

Juniors
to fit ages: 3-4yrs, 5-6yrs and 7-8yrs

Materials:
Jamieson & Smith 2 ply Jumper weight 100% Shetland wool (115m/125yds per 25g ball) & Shetland Supreme Jumper weight 100% undyed Shetland wool (172m/188yds per 50g ball)
2 (2, 2) 50g balls shade 2008 (Katmollet) - MC
1 (1, 1) 25g ball shade 143 (Brown)
1 (1, 1) 25g ball shade 36 (Navy)
1 (1, 1) 25g ball shade 9097 (Red)
1 (1, 1) 25g ball shade 23 (Yellow)
1 (1, 2) 25g balls shade FC24 (Green)
OR
Excelana Luxury 4 ply wool 100% pure new British wool (159m/174yds per 50g ball)
2 (2, 2) 50g balls shade Saharan Sand - MC
1 (1, 1) 50g ball shade Persian Grey
1 (1, 1) 50g ball shade Cornflower Blue
1 (1, 1) 50g ball shade Ruby Red
1 (1, 1) 50g ball shade Powdered Egg
1 (1, 1) 50g ball shade Nile Green

1 2.25mm circular needle (60cm)
1 3mm circular needle (60cm)
A set of 2.25mm double pointed needles or 2.25mm circular needle (40cm long)

Women’s
to fit bust: 30, 32, 34, 36-38, 40, 42, 44-46, 48, 50, 52-54 in

Materials:
Jamieson & Smith 2 ply Jumper weight 100% Shetland wool (115m/125yds per 25g ball) & Shetland Supreme Jumper weight 100% undyed Shetland wool (172m/188yds per 50g ball)
2 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6) 50g balls shade 2008 (Katmollet) - MC
1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3) 25g balls shade 143 (Brown)
1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3) 25g balls shade 36 (Navy)
1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) 25g balls shade 9097 (Red)
1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) 25g balls shade 23 (Yellow)
2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) 25g balls shade FC24 (Green)
OR
Excelana Luxury 4 ply wool 100% pure new British wool (159m/174yds per 50g ball)
2 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6) 50g balls shade Saharan Sand - MC
1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2) 50g balls shade Persian Grey
1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2) 50g balls shade Cornflower Blue
1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) 50g balls shade Ruby Red
1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) 50g balls shade Powdered Egg
1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2) 50g balls shade Nile Green

First, third, fifth, seventh and ninth sizes only
1 2.75mm circular needle (60cm)
1 3mm circular needle (60cm)
A set of 2.75mm double pointed needles or 2.75mm circular needle (40cm long)

Second, fourth, sixth, eighth and tenth sizes only
1 2.75mm circular needle (60cm)
1 3.5mm circular needle (60cm)
A set of 2.75mm double pointed needles or 2.75mm circular needle (40cm long)
For all sizes
Waste yarn
Stitch markers
Spare needles

Men’s
to fit chest: 30, 32, 34, 36-38, 40, 42, 44-46, 48, 50, 52-54 in

Materials:
Jamieson & Smith 2 ply Jumper weight 100% Shetland wool (115m/125yds per 25g ball) & Shetland Supreme Jumper weight 100% undyed Shetland wool (172m/188yds per 50g ball)
3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) 50g balls shade 2008 (Katmollet) - MC
1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 4) 25g balls shade 143 (Brown)
1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) 25g balls shade 36 (Navy)
1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3) 25g balls shade 9097 (Red)
1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3) 25g balls shade 23 (Yellow)
2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) 25g balls shade FC24 (Green)
OR
Excelana Luxury 4 ply wool 100% pure new British wool (159m/174yds per 50g ball)
3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) 50g balls shade Saharan Sand - MC
1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2) 50g balls shade Persian Grey
1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2) 50g balls shade Cornflower Blue
1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2) 50g balls shade Ruby Red
1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2) 50g balls shade Powdered Egg
1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) 50g balls shade Nile Green

First, third, fifth, seventh and ninth sizes only
1 2.75mm circular needle (60cm)
1 3mm circular needle (60cm)
A set of 2.75mm double pointed needles or 2.75mm circular needle (40cm long)

Second, fourth, sixth, eighth and tenth sizes only
1 2.75mm circular needle (60cm)
1 3.5mm circular needle (60cm)
A set of 2.75mm double pointed needles or 2.75mm circular needle (40cm long)
For all sizes
Waste yarn
Stitch markers
Spare needles

Kits for all sizes will be available shortly on www.susancrawfordvintage.com

This pattern is released with the support of the Women’s Land Army Tribute, Octopus Books and BBC Wartime Farm.
Image of Alex Langlands courtesy of Octopus Books and Wartime Farm.